Waupaca’s Main Street reconstruction project is still scheduled for 2021, but the scope of the project will be scaled back following action by the Common Council last night. The project cost had been estimated to be in the 4.8 to 5.8 million dollar range, with grant money targeted for many of the downtown street and sidewalk amenities. Public Works Director Justin Berrens informed the council last night that the city did not receive those grants. So the only way the city could do the project as planned would be to increase the amount of money to be borrowed from one million dollars, to 1.7 to 2 million. Berrens says that’s something the city could just not handle.
Because of less money for the project, the council approved Berrens to begin re-negotiating with RPG Corporation on the design and planning contract. Mayor Brian Smith emphasized that the reconstruction will still include all the important aspects, plus more.